Emilie joins IFC as the organisation’s Director for Switzerland (French speaking). Emilie offers fifteen years of international expertise in fundraising and project management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from La Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in International Solidarity from the Faculty of Social Sciences – Institut Catholique – in Paris.
Previously living in East Africa, she has extensive field experience in international development. She worked with various non-profits, particularly in North America, where she learnt fundraising techniques such as brand association. She also supported the organisation of major fundraising events in partnership with Cirque du Soleil for one of Canada’s most prestigious foundations ($35M raised since 2013).
After founding and managing a company in France, she returned to the non-profit sector to professionalise Swiss NGOs that have seen their annual budget triple in 2 years.
She keeps a foot in Africa by being a Board Member of a Kenyan NGO, Trees for Kenya, implementing environmental conservation projects; and an Ambassador for the South African NNI (No Name Initiative) promoting community dialogue.
Her major asset is that she also worked on the donor side as a Programme Officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, French Embassy in Kenya and for Somalia, where she was responsible for the selection of funding applications.